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Employee Benefits
Benefits for Full-Time Employees
The Town of Christiansburg is pleased to provide our full-time employees with a comprehensive and competitive benefits package. Current benefits include the following: 

Medical Insurance
The Town provides a medical care insurance program for its full-time employees, which includes health and dental coverage. Our current medical insurance is provided through Anthem, with dental coverage provided by Delta Dental. At this time, the Town pays the majority of premiums for individual coverage.

Employee Assistance Program
An Employee Assistance Program is provided for all Town employees (including fire / rescue volunteers, full-time / part-time staff) and those family members residing in the same household. This program offers four free professional counseling service visits per year per life occurence and may be accessed through confidential self-referral.

Employee Leave

Paid Time Off (PTO)

Employees hired on or after January 1, 2014  and covered by the VRS Hybrid Retirement Plan, are enrolled in the Paid Time Off (PTO) Plan. 

Paid Time Off is a comprehensive program that recognizes  the many diverse needs of employees for time off from work, including vacation, personal time, illness or time off to care for dependents. 

Paid Time Off is accrued on the following basis: 
  • Less than five years of service: 12 hours per month/ 18 days per year
  • Five-nine years of service: 14 hours per month/ 21 days per year
  • 10-14 years of service: 16 hour per month/ 24 days per year
  • 15-19 years of service: 18 hours per month/ 27 days per year
  • 20 or more years of service: 20 hours per month/ 30 days per year

Annual Leave
Employees hired before January 1, 2014 who have not opted into the VRS Hybrid Retirement Plan are covered under VRS Retirement Plan 1 or Plan 2. All first responders (police, fire, rescue) are also covered under Plan 1 or Plan 2, regardless of date of hire. VRS Plan 1 and Plan 2 employees are eligible to accrue annual leave.  
 
Annual Leave is accrued on the following basis: 
  • Less than five years of service: One day per month / 12 days per year
  • Five - 10 years of service: 1.25 days per month /15 days per year
  • 10 or more years of service: 1.5 days per month / 18 days per year

Annual leave can be used for vacation as well as for other personal reasons.

Sick Leave
Full-time employees accrue sick leave at the rate of 1.25 working days per month with unlimited accrual. For the purpose of annual / sick leave sections, a "day" is defined as eight hours. VRS Plan 1 and Plan 2 employees are eligible to accrue sick leave. 

Holidays
The Town of Christiansburg observes the following holidays:
Month Holiday  Month  Holiday 
January New Year's Day  September Labor Day
Lee-Jackson Day
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
February President's Day November Veteran's Day
Thanksgiving Day (and the following Friday)
May Memorial Day  December Christmas Eve * 
Christmas Day
New Year's Eve *
July Independence Day 

 *
The Town of Christiansburg follows the Commonwealth of Virginia's holiday calendar for Christmas and New Year's. The most recent calendar included full day holidays for Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.

Retirement
The Town of Christiansburg is a Virginia Retirement System (VRS) participating employer. For more information on VRS, please visit their website.

Retirement - Service Merit
Employees retiring immediately upon separation with the Town of Christiansburg with a minimum of 20 years service to the Town and retiring in accordance with Virginia Retirement System guidelines are eligible for Town-sponsored Service Merit retirement benefits.

Town-sponsored Service Merit monies are contributed to an ICMA Retirement Health Savings (RHS) account to be used for medical-related expenses (ex., medical insurance premiums, physician copays, prescription co-pays, etc.).

Retirement - Sick Leave Divestiture
Employees retiring from the Town of Christiansburg and who have a minimum of five years service may withdraw 25% of their accrued sick leave up to a maximum of $10,000 (taxable).

Life Insurance
The Town of Christiansburg provides group life insurance for all full-time employees at no cost to the employee. The amount of life insurance is equal to one year's salary rounded to the nearest $1,000 with double indemnity for accidental death or dismemberment.

Additional life insurance is available at the employee's expense through payroll deduction. Plan design or carrier may be subject to change and employees may contact Human Resources for current information. 

Optional Benefits
There are additional optional benefits to full time employees, including:
  • Cancer Insurance
  • VRS Voluntary Long-Term Care
  • ICMA 457 Plan (similar to a 401K)
  • Additional Life Insurance (guaranteed acceptance)

Benefits for Certain Part-Time Employees
(Permanent Part-Time Only)

Permanent part-time employees receive 3/4 day sick leave per month and 1/2 day pay for holidays. The Town provides a medical care insurance program for its permanent part-time employees, which includes health and dental coverage. Our current medical insurance is provided through Anthem, with dental coverage provided by Delta Dental. At this time, the Town pays the majority of premiums for individual coverage. 

If you'd like to find more information about employee benefits, please see the personnel handbook or contact the Human Resources Department at 540-382-6128.